Drone Innovators Network

The Challenge

The global aviation community is currently being challenged by disruptive innovation. As drone technologies evolve and advance at unprecedented speed, regulators are struggling to keep pace with effective policy that protects populations without stifling the drone ecosystem. As the scale and scope of change increases, government, industry, and civil society leaders must work together to unlock the potential benefits of these technologies to society, while managing and mitigating their risks. A few forward-leaning governments are piloting new approaches to drone regulation, but no mechamism exists to scale their adoption globally. 

The Opportunity

The Drone Innovators Network (DIN) was conceived at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum as a community of governments, supported by industry other key stakeholders, who are accelerating the adoption of drones with progressive regulatory approaches. This community is a platform to share these experiences with likeminded ministries of transport and civil aviation authorities from around the world. Insights and best practices from these experiments will be captured and disseminated to support their adoption by a broader range of governments looking to harness the transformative potential of autonomous aerial systems in areas such as delivery, data capture, and human transportation. 


The Drone Innovators Network launched in June 2018 at an event in Zurich, Switzerland that included regulators and companies from around the world including Europe, Asia, Africa, and Oceania. It featured the world’s first deployment of a national scale unmanned traffic management system and focused on designing materials to support regulators implementing new approaches to drone regulation.

The Network is developing toolkits of best practices and case studies from the most forward leaning regulators that can be used by network participants and other interested governments that want to enable similar use cases at scale. The first toolkit will focus on drone delivery including case studies from two countries that have already launched ongoing cargo drone programs in the commercial and medical space along with recommendations for how other countries can implement similar programs.